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Twenty-Six Old Characters, The


Published 1947


Development of writing and writing tools throughout history.


Run time 20:46
Producer Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor Sheaffer (W.A.) Pen Co.
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

Shotlist

"TRACES DEVELOPMENT OF WRITING & TOOLS OF WRITING. SHOWS VARIOUS PARTS OF A FOUNTAIN PEN & DISCUSSES ITS PROPER CARE & USE."


WRITING INSTRUMENTS FOUNTAIN PENS PENCILS TOOLS ALPHABETS WRITTEN COMMUNICATION MEDIA VISIBLE VISUAL LANGUAGES HANDS PAPERS PAPERMAKING ANCIENT HISTORY CULTURE IDEOGRAPHS IDEOGRAMS
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Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - August 13, 2005
Subject: The price of Ink
Well, this was a surprise, a mini-history of the alphabet and the modern fountain pen, told seamlessly and (excuse the expression) fluidly here for the 20 minute time frame. Although the Alphabet is given a bit too brief of a history, the film does show major developments in the forms, and gives a bit of interesting trivia to go along with it. The pen (since, yes, this film is brought to you by a pen company) is given more of the attention here as we see how the modern pen came to be, how it works, and some new advancements in pen technology (A push button ink sucker! Say it isnt so!). Although I wished it delved FURTHER into the future of the pen.
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - - July 30, 2004
Subject: Fun with fountain pens
Promo film for Scheafer Pens that shows how writing developed and how the tools for writing influenced how things were written. By the time the film gets to the mid-19th century, the attention shifts to the various schemes of getting ink on paper.

Still a good artifact from when everyone had a good fountain pen, not the cheap 39 cent stick rollerball, for writing.
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